November 7, 2012 |
Taco Bell is trying to color outside of the fast-food lines, launching several new items designed to compete with higher-end restaurants. On Thursday, the Irvine-based chain will officially launch XXL Steak Nachos, which it calls “restaurant-sized nachos.” In addition, as rivals such as Burger King and McDonald's expand their sweet offerings, Taco Bell is revealing a national dessert menu filled with churro doughnuts, caramel apple empanadas...
January 27, 2011 |
Taco Bell diners (or would-be diners) -- and Taco Bell itself -- take taco filling seriously. News that a California woman was filing suit over the beef content of tacos was reported Tuesday by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Readers responded with a mixture of disgust, irritation with the lawsuit itself and societal perspective. Wrote keithbcr on the paper’s website : "I don't go to Taco Bell for nutrition, I stop there because it's open at 3 a.m. and a burrito is fairly easy to shovel down while driving home.
June 6, 2012 |
The ingredients: Eight new upscale recipes including herb and citrus-marinated white meat chicken and fire-roasted corn salsa. A Venezuelan chef with a "Top Chef" pedigree, whose creations each bear her signature. A "like it or your money back" guarantee. Sounds like something Chipotle might be behind. Instead, it's the doing of Mexican-style fast-food mega-chain Taco Bell -- a brand that's undergone a recent rebirth. On July 5, the Irvine-based company is scheduled to roll out its new Cantina Bell menu, which features items such as the Cantina Burrito Bowl, nationwide.
May 14, 2013 |
Fast-food news travels fast: Taco Bell is quietly testing a new "waffle taco" at three Southern California locations, including its Santa Ana restaurant on Grand Avenue. And by 10 a.m. Tuesday, a steady stream of customers was coming in to order the new breakfast menu item in multiples -- four, six, 10 or more -- for a mere 89 cents each. The waffle taco comes steaming in foil, a waffle folded around a thin sausage patty and a generous helping of scrambled eggs. Squeeze the packet of Heinz table syrup over the top for a sinful morning treat.
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June 27, 2013 |
Officials at two Orange County-based fast-food chains are asking that their names be removed from ads for a marijuana expo scheduled next week in Anaheim. Organizers for the Kush Expo, coming to the Anaheim Convention Center on July 6-7, highlighted Del Taco and Taco Bell in its promotional materials. A similar expo, HempCon, is held each year at the L.A. Convention Center The Kush Expo, billed as "the world's biggest medical marijuana mega show," features hundreds of booths, glass bong giveaways, seed companies, grow experts and an annual Hot Kush Girl contest with $2,000 in prizes.
February 2, 2012 |
For days, the speculation has been rampant: Which Mexican food chain - only identified as “Restaurant Chain A” by federal investigators earlier this month -- was linked to a large salmonella outbreak late last year? This week, Food Safety News named Taco Bell as the chain in question. In October and November, at least 68 diners were sickened across 10 states, including 16 in Oklahoma and 43 in Texas. The spate of illnesses eventually petered out and was reported by the Centers for Disease Control on Jan. 19 . But the agency stayed mum on the origin of the salmonella bacteria, saying only that the majority of victims had reported eating at 18 separate locations of “a Mexican-style fast-food restaurant chain” in the Midwest.
January 26, 2012 |
Here's your three-steps-to-heaven Thursday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: -- It was a bad year for builders. Sales of new homes declined in December for the first time in four months, capping the slowest year on record. Purchases of single-family properties decreased 2.2% to a 307,000 annual pace, according to the Commerce Department. The threat of further price declines may be dissuading some Americans from buying a new home even with mortgage rates near all-time lows and more people finding work.
February 25, 2012 |
Coming off a rough year, Taco Bell is ditching its old "Think Outside the Bun" motto for a new slogan: Live Mas. The Irvine chain plans to make a big show out of the switch, starting with a television ad airing during NBA All-Star events this weekend. Mas is Spanish for "more," emphasizing food as an experience instead of fuel, according to the company. The Mexican-style restaurant chain's revamp is part of an ongoing effort to recapture customers. Last year, a lawsuit — eventually dropped — over the content of the chain's seasoned beef filling hurt sales.
March 29, 2012 |
Google's self-driving car has fascinated our minds with its technological promise since being introduced in 2010. But yesterday, the self-driving car touched our hearts. Google posted a video of the self-driving car taking a legally blind man for a spin, showing one of the possibilities and benefits that could come from the technology. "Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and the flexibility to go to the places I both want to go and need to go when I need to do those things," Steve Mahan says in the video.
July 3, 2012 |
As far as customer service stunts go, this one was pretty epic: A helicopter sent to a remote Alaska town bearing a Taco Bell truck, itself bearing ingredients for 10,000 Doritos Locos tacos. The 6,200 townspeople of Bethel in the distant western stretches of the state got the long-distance delivery after the Irvine-based fast-food company took pity on them. Last month, fliers trumpeting the chain's debut in Bethel got residents salivating. After all, cheap Mexican-style food in the land of sled dogs and sub-zero temperatures isn't exactly easy to come by. The nearest Taco Bell is some 400 miles away in Anchorage.